Grateful Dead Live at St. Louis Arena on 1977-05-15
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- Grateful Dead
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flac16; Recording Info: SBD -> Master Reel (7 inch reels @ 7.5ips 1/2trk) -> Dat (44.1k)
Transfer Info: Dat (Sony D8) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude v7.02 Professional -> FLAC
Transferred and Edited By Charlie Miller
- SBD -> Master Reel (7 inch reels @ 7.5ips 1/2trk) -> Dat (44.1k); Dat (Sony D8) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude v7.02 Professional -> FLAC
- St. Louis, MO
- Taped by
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- St. Louis Arena
Subject: First One - A Great One
Subject: Barn Lou
This show is right before one of the big ones (Tuscaloosa), but is known in it's own right for three things: the first Iko Iko, the first Passenger, and the first Estimated>Eyes pairing. Like all spring '77s the highlights are big, and the second set is so damn entertaining. This was their only time at The Barn.
First Set. The show starts rough and gets rocky (Good Lovin', Row Jimmy) before it gets better, so hang in there. Jer just sorta goes for it on Minglewood and the results are interesting. The rest varies from middling (Tennessee) to brilliant (Brown-Eyed Women). Jack-a-Roe is only the 2nd one, with the original arrangement, after which: "Passenger?", "Why the fuck not?"; and you get the first one. Way uptempo, it has squiggly Keith synth. It's not tight yet, but a fun listen, assessed in situ: Bobby - "I wanna get into that hook longer". Jer - "Let's do it one more time, Weir. I wanna see if I can hang there a long time". "I can't hold it," says Weir. While they decide, Jer doodles a High Time tease (cut from May 1977 official), so Bobby calls it - but somebody nixes, so Jer does a Funiculi Funicula.The capper is a stellar Dancing in the Streets. Of the 9 on the tour, it's up there with 5/19 & 5/22.
Second Set. Coming back from the half and ready to blow doors with the first-ever Estimated>Eyes. They tease Eyes first before deciding to try starting with Estimated. It's just brilliant, with a really nice jam section interplay where Bobby tests a Truckin' figure. Jer sort of abruptly (yet smoothly) trannys, and the band just falls in perfectly...into a crazy-good Eyes. Drums comes early, into a top-notch Samson. Ships is a marching version and technically perfect (but compare to, say, 5/9 for tour peak). St. Stephen starts tentatively, then has wondrous sections. Instead of the "did he doubt/another man spills" verse, and then into NFA, as with 4 others on this tour, they do the "St. Stephen will remain" verse into NFA...except it becomes an Iko! The first ever, it's more of an NFA until Jer drops the "Hey now iko an dei", and then everyone drops right to the B chord. One verse, and another chorus, until the tranny into the "real" NFA (on the A chord, which they all pick up on and glide away). Use the right equipment, so you can hear what Phil does @6:20-6:40. Jer then does a bunch of wild pinch harmonics. The rest of the set is more back-to-Earth.
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: A-
Overall = 4¼ stars
New Minglewood Blues - interesting
Brown Eyed Women - brilliant
Dancin' in the Streets - one of the best of the tour
Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World - the first pairing is classic Dead
Samson & Delilah - like a '77
Ship of Fools - marching version
St. Stephen - crazy good
Not Fade Away - coming from an impromptu Iko
SOURCES: The 28916 SBD is, somehow, better than the official release in places. There's a great matrix.
Subject: First Show
Subject: reply to Love LoveJerry69
Subject: Samson & Delilah
Subject: First Stephen and didn't even know it
Subject: spring tour 77 versus spring tour 69
DARK STAR WHICH WAS created from LSD EXPERIENCES is surely their best song!!!!
.....Phil thunders in 69.....he PLAYED MUCH HEAVIER!!!!......in 77 Phil rocks but in no way thunders.....JERRY WAS WILDER/MORE EXPERIMENTAL IN 69 OFFERING RIPPING LEAD GUITAR riffs,,,in 77 he wails but to a lesser degree.........BOBBY POSSIBLY plays better in 77,,,,,but not really........BILL was wilder and better in 69,,,,but in 77 he was similar...........
NO PIG PEN IN 77,,,WHICH with that reason only makes 69 better.........the REAL DEAD IS WITH THE PIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......CONSTANTEN IS A CLASSICAL GENIUS,,,,,,,BLOWING AWAY ALL future keyboard players..........
..............unless you were there in 69.....you can't say 77 was the best year.........or 5/8/77 as the best DEAD show of all time.................THE DEAD were the best from 1967 thru 1970.............with spring tour 69 as their highest peak...........
the first several albums and first several years of most rock groups have always been the best,,,,,,,,,once you make a best first several albums it is hard to continue to put out stuff as great as the first attempts......
yes in 77 they were more polished.....possibly more tight.....but the tightness in DARK STAR FOR example... 1968 THRU 1970,,,,(BEST YEARS FOR DARK STAR) is psychedelic/cosmic/acid drenched and thus maybe tighter than 77...not in a "polished technical sense".......in a wilder/fresh/hippie like sense which is more in tune to what the DEAD stand for....AND.....what the DEAD is about...
ONE can say that the DEAD IN 1977...DO NOT EVEN sound LIKE the REAL DEAD WITH THE PIG.....77 IS A TONED DOWN version of the DEAD...........CANNOT get any better than 1967 thru 1970....
but nonetheless SPRING TOUR 1977 SMOKES........AND MOST SHOWS deserve 4 to 5 stars,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but 1967 thru 1970 is on another HALLUCINOGENIC LSD DIMENSION....THAT NO OTHER YEAR CAN HOLD A CANDLE TO................
BUT LET'S ASK PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE BACK IN THE DAY.........THEY will tell you............some old timers stopped seeing the DEAD AFTER PIG died stating it was never the same without PIG...............
Subject: Memories of St Louis 77 Anyone there
Subject: rockin stuff
Subject: GD Hybrid
Set 1 - solid; no real surprises but nothing played remotely below "A" level - that Jack-a-Roe I think I like more than Tuscaloosa, and the Dancin' goes all over the place - crank this one up and bliss out!
Set 2 - The big opening suite or the big closing one - with Ship of Fools stuck in the middle - take your pick as to which one is better. They're both great. NFA owns the latter part of the set, and the cool thing about Iko Iko isn't the performance itself (which, sans the "first time" voodoo, is just okay), but the overall fact that this band, at this particular time, could try such things and make it sound as easy as pie. This was an experiment, for sure, but it doesn't sound like it! They simply couldn't play anything badly during these couple of weeks.
Subject: GD on this day...stream now!
as for rating this show, the date says it all and the Charlie Miller stamp of approval almost guarantee the best production, 5 stars all around...i just wish people that uploaded would keep songs together that are partnered like "China/Rider, Scarlet/Fire"...and date when they uploaded so its easier to find the upgraded versions.
oh BTW they just released the May shows for '77 in a box set, and they actually have the whole shows, not just a chopped up version, but of course its gonna cost you, i think $130...better stream these shows before they take them down
Subject: High 4, low 5
Subject: high times
The first set is far from dull. Jack-A-Roe is up there.
Subject: Again, I must make a comment
Subject: other may 77 winner
the set list is expressive of time
IMHO.......... they would never have a period as wondrous as this one.
Subject: This show stands shoulder to shoulder with 5/8/77
Don't ignore this one, it is totally work the time to download and save it.
5 stars for performance and sound quality.
Subject: The Best of 1977
Subject: pretty good
The second set is rockin', especially that Saint Stephen > Iko Iko > NFA.
The first set was pretty good. Great start but it lost me a bit by the ending ofTennessee Jed. The LL>S was alright but it could be way better. The 25th has killer one that knocks this one in it's place.
The latter half of the month is full of those amazingly played shows with unique, "experimental" setlists. This one, the 17th, and the 25th all share that.
Subject: are you kidding me?
Subject: Another Titanic Peak of May '77
All the highlights have been covered below but that St. Stephen>Iko> NFA is an extra special performance.
Listen closely at about the 11 min. mark of Eyes and you'll hear Bobby playing Mexicali.
Subject: Estimated > Eyes
Subject: nice to be here
Anyway, at first I really dug anything from 77-78 but I spent the last few months thinking 73-74 was may fav but now im back to 77-78!
Subject: Agree.. May 1977 was A Peak Time
Subject: " How sweet it is St. Louis and good nite"
Subject: Hit me up!
Subject: Good stuff
Highly recomended. I enjoyed the spacey vibe Jerry had during this period.
This Recording Will Blow Your Mind Monnnnn.
Thanks Archives...And thanks to ya all who contributed So Many Tastey Recordings.
Subject: Marvelous May '77
Subject: I don't do this often...
Subject: you can still download these shows
Subject: Funky-Jack-a- Row
Subject: stop and stream it!!
Subject: GD 5/15/77 SUNday
Subject: first iko!!!
Subject: Lesh Rules
Subject: Wow !
Subject: AN ABSOLUTE MUST!!!
Rest of the show is 5 on it's own but this is top 5 stuff. Always a favorite from the time I got this tape in 1982 till it broke.
Subject: Great show, great sound
Regarding happy birthday: there are various other shows in '76 and '77 where Bob wishes various band members a happy birthday. It must have been some kind of running joke.
Subject: Mickey B-Day
However, there isn't a Scarlet-Fire, no Terripan no Help-Slip-Frank?, the only very77 tunes here are Estimated and the revisited Minglewood and G lovin, yae on the first, nay on the last. From my seat, thats just fine, I like variety and I can easly scroll back a few nights. But I wonder what the crowd thought. was spring 77 tour as be-loved as it is now? worth the listen for sure, to break from the norm.
Jerry and Phil shine on this show. The first set soars with the Lazy Lightning>Supplication, an excellent Jack-a-Roe, Brown Eyed Women and Jerry shredding the wah on Dancin. I love the May 77 Dancins. You can't help but groove.
As always, the second set is where the meat of the show is. The Estimated>Eyes is my favorite. They jam it hard for about 3 minutes before they get into the lyrics. This one rivals the Boston Eyes from early in the month.
A lot of people rave about Cornell St. Stephen>Not Fade Away, which certainly rocks. But the jamming on this St. Stephen just does it for me. A rollicking, bouncy little jam that fades perfectly into the first Iko Iko. Jerry and Phil drive this little ditty, Phil dropping bouncy little notes that blend perfectly with Jerry's playing. Hell, even Donna sounds good on the vocals in this.
Finally, they don't ruin the show with an encore like Saturday night, but instead close things out beautifully with Uncle John's.
A stellar show, right up there with Cornell as the best of the month.
Subject: Hot Streak
Subject: A clear SDBD Finally!!
Subject: First timer
Get it !
Subject: Sounds Pretty Good
Subject: Sound 4 : Show 4
Subject: Really Nice!
There is some dead space during Eyes. Lob it off before burning.
Subject: Really Nice!
There is some dead space during Eyes. Lob it off before burning.
Subject: beautiful upgrade
Subject: Another May '77 Gem